With Small Business Saturday UK just around the corner, the promotional ‘bus’ is making its rounds across the country. Last week’s stop was Burton Market Square. Here’s Derby Hub members Kedleston Safety with the details.
What is Small Business Saturday? Its is a fundamental, non-commercial campaign, which celebrates small business success and encourages consumers to ‘shop local’ and to support businesses in their communities. Last year saw an estimated £748m spent with small businesses across the UK on Small Business Saturday.
So, what’s ‘the bus’ I hear you ask? Well, it’s about the promotion of all small businesses in the UK, it’s about small business coming together to support each other, its about solidarity of the business community and it’s about shouting out how blooming fantastic we all are.
The day itself takes place on the first Saturday in December each year, but with an impact that lasts all year round.
So, along with some of my fellow Derby Hub friends we packed up our wears and set off to Burton. The skies were grey there was a chill in the air, but the small businesses had a spring in their step, today was the day to shout out about Small Business Saturday in the lead up to the main event on the 1st December. About 20 small business stood together (under gazebos to shelter us from the rain) roll up banners, flyers, business cards were galore to entice the local businesses and people of Burton.
Of course, they day couldn’t kick off until our friends of the Hub had a photo and powwow. Yvonne Gorman from Essential Print Services, Owen Conti from Code 56, Justina Nurse from Stuart Mobility and our very own Rachel Hayward from Ask the Chameleon, an ACTUAL Small Business Saturday 100 finalist gathered.
I managed to get on a mentoring session on the bus! So, armed with a note pad, pen and ready to embrace the tips I met with Hannah Sookias from Sookias media. What a lovely lady she is, she has been in the business for many years she helped me focus on what I need to grow my small business. I have tips and advice in abundance, I’ve even made a to do list!
Having been in the health and safety industry for over 18 years, I’m confident with my job. Business on the other hand is a whole new world! Accountancy, managing the actual business, IT, marketing, promotion, networking, sales………… staff (hopefully soon) (lifts head out of the sand). Goodness, where do I start.
Next was on the seat with Pete, I actually don‘t think Pete knew what had hit him. But, in a true professional style, in turn we got to sit with Pete on the big blue seat to showcase our business. Check out their Facebook page to see all the interviews.
I’m lucky in the fact I have a supportive business community around me, individuals are willing to give their time to advise and suggest. Being a part of Derby Hub is of enormous value to me, not only have I made business ‘friends’ I have surrounded myself like minded business professionals. We work as a group, a team, an alliance of business folk promoting each other and supporting the Derby business community.
Article original posted on Kedleston Safety website: here